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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

128                            TKMPLE OF KISAVA BBVA IK 1650 A. D,
the one band being only two feet off the ground level, the other iwo feet from
the top.   The ascent is by two staircases of 15 or 16 steps each; the steps
being only two feet in length, so that two people cannot mount abreast.   One of
these staircases leads to the grand entrance of the temple, the other to the back
of the choir.   The temple, however, occupies only half the platform, iihe othet
half making a grand square in front.   Like otter temples, it is in the form of a
cross, and feas a great dome in tie -middle with two rather smaller at the end.
Outside, the building is covered from top to bottom with figures of animals,
such as rams, monkeys, and elephants, carved in stone : and all round there ard
nothing but niches occupied by different monsters.   In each of the three towers
there are, at every stage from the base to the pinnacle, wintfows fiVe or six feet
high, each provided with a kind of balcony where four persons can sit   Each
balcony is covered with a little vault, supported some by four, others by eight
columns arranged in pairs and all touching.   Bound these towers there are yet
more niches fall of figures representing demons; one has four arms, another
four legs; some, human heads on bodies of homed beasts with long tails twining
round their thighs.   There are also many figures of monkeys, and it is quite
shocking to have before one's eyes such a host of monstrosities.
" The pagoda has only one entrance, which is very lofty, with many columns
and images of men and beasts oa either side.   The choir is enclosed by m screen
composed of stone pillars, ive or 6 inches in diameter, and no one is allowed
inside but the chief Brahmans, who make use of a little secret door which I could
not discover.   When in the temple, I asked some of the Brahmans if I could
see the great Bam Earn, meaning the great idol.   They replied ihai if I would
give them something, they would go and ask permission of their superior :*
which they did as soon as I had put in their imnds & couple of rupees   After
waiting about half an hour, the Brahmans opened a door -on ihe inside in the
middle of the screen—outside, the screen is entirely closed—and? at about 15 or
16 feet from the door, I saw, -as it were, a square altar3 covered with old gold
* E*garAiag the Y«aerati®a paid to tht lj®ad of the temple. Tareraier* la another place,
t^ftifft the following: aa*ed®l®:—* White I wm as Agra, la the yea? 1S4$» a ¥«ry odd thiBg hap-
pened.   A Hindu broker in Batch employ, 4sy name VolOn, some 80 or 10 years of age, received
tidings of tht death of the chief Brahman* that is to say, the high priest of the temple of
Ha&niii   He tt mm went to the luad of the office and begged him to take his accounts and
than off, im m Ms high priest wn dead he viabed to die 4®o> that he might §«rre the holy
msst in tli® otJuw TO&   Directly hit mocwmt® had bee* topeetod, he got into hi® carriage
toftdwr with mmm relitiww who frtfswed him, and s» he had taken nothlag eitfar to eat or
iino® ft® newahad ntdud Mm* be dM oa $h« road," wifchcms ertr erpissaing & wish
for toy food***